African Night Fever
Saturday 28th September 2013 - Starts 8pm
TICKET PRICE: £10
African Night Fever presents a joyous, soul-warming, tropical sunshine, family friendly party atmosphere with Congolese newcomers CONGO DIA NTOTILA.
Plus hearty Afro-Caribbean food on sale from Cummin Up.
Newcomer Mulele Matondo Afrika has already made a name for himself back on his home continent. His first professional television appearance as a teenager in Kinshasa, Congo, preceded an African tour with the band Nouvelle Generation De Lidjo Kwempa, one of the Papa Wemba clan. They called him ‘mwana quinz ans’ – the 15 year old. Later, as Ponpon Matondo, he established himself in Zimbabwe as a bassist, guitarist and arranger, with a flair for his home grown Congolese style still extremely popular today.
Mulele performed and recorded with Real Sounds Of Africa and Diamond Musica; he worked on an album for township jazz master Ernest Sando; and with marimba maestro Kudaushe Matimba, he co-produced, arranged and played on the Lubumbashi Stars album, Cyclone. Finally he formed his own band with artist Shiga Shiga while on tour together in Botswana.
New Stars Musica V.S.V.L. became one of the top bands in the late 90s/early 00s, and evidence of their influence is still noticeable in the music and videos of today’s young Zimbabwean bands. Following all that dance music, Mulele’s debut solo album marks a change in direction towards what he calls conscious music. Affected by war back home, and inspired by outspoken artists before him such as Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Franklin Boukaka, Mulele’s music philosophy evolved. Now he sings for the people – songs about real life, real problems, real issues: “This album is inspired by the collection of sounds and struggles that I’ve heard around the world throughout my life” ~ Mulele
Tickets: £10 Adv, £12 On The Door.
Please note this is an all standing event, however there will still be a few seats and bar tables.